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Subject: Unknown Spider
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
January 18, 2015 3:47 pm
Hi there!
Recently found this little interesting spider in our bathroom down in New Zealand, just thought we’d post it up here for a bit of insight as none of us have a clue
Signature: Cheers’ Liam O’Connor

Possibly Orbweaver

Teardrop Spider

Dear Liam,
We believe this is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and it has a very distinct, pointed abdomen.  The pointy abdomen should make it easy to identify, but we could not find any matching images in our initial search.  There is a genus in Australia on the Brisbane Insect site with a species known as the Scorpion Tailed Spider, but it has much shorter legs than your individual.

Possibly Orbweaver

Teardrop Spider

Update:  March 7, 2016
Thanks to a comment from Geevee, we now believe this may be a Teardrop Spider,
Argiope protensa.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

8 Responses to Probably Teardrop Spider from New Zealand

  1. Deckez says:

    since the spider lack the characteristic shape of abdomen found in the scorpion tailed spider, I would suggest the possibility of a freshly molted orbweaver specimen (such as golden orb weaver)
    in these case, the spider can have a different coloration, and if incident occurred, dimorphism can also be present until the next molt

  2. Geevee says:

    That ID doesn’t look quite right to me. I strongly suspect it’s something in Argiope sp.

  3. Mark says:

    common name “Tailed grass spider”… There is another called “tailed forest spider” which is different to this (Arachnura feredayi)

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